Can I go to my regular doctor for pink eye?
Most often, the doctor who would treat you for pink eye would be your family doctor or primary care physician.
If there are any complications, you continuously develop conjunctivitis, or treatment by your doctor is not successful, you may be referred to an ophthalmologist, an eye specialist..
What is commonly misdiagnosed as pink eye?
Do not assume that all red, irritated, or swollen eyes are pinkeye (viral conjunctivitis). Your symptoms could also be caused by seasonal allergies, a stye, iritis, chalazion (an inflammation of the gland along the eyelid), or blepharitis (an inflammation or infection of the skin along the eyelid).
Can you treat pink eye without going to the doctor?
Mild to moderate cases of pinkeye may resolve on their own without medication. Treatment for pinkeye usually focuses on symptom relief. There are no cures for viral or allergic pinkeye. Bacterial pinkeye can often clear on its own, but antibiotic eye drops can speed up the healing process.
Can you get pink eye medicine over the counter?
Over-the-counter eyedrops called artificial tears may relieve symptoms. Some eyedrops contain antihistamines or other medications that can be helpful for people with allergic conjunctivitis.
How can you tell if pink eye is bacterial or viral?
Viral conjunctivitis usually lasts longer than bacterial conjunctivitis. If conjunctivitis does not resolve with antibiotics after 3 to 4 days, the physician should suspect that the infection is viral. Bacterial conjunctivitis is characterized by mucopurulent discharge with matting of the eyelids.
Should I go to urgent care for pink eye?
If you suspect you or your child have pink eye, for starters, keep your child out of school, and then come to urgent care.